Dual Credit College Partners
Kent State University Stark,
Mount Union College, Stark State College of Technology, The University of Findlay, The University of Akron, Walsh University, Wayne College
Dual Credit Districts
Canton, Canton Local, Dalton, Fairless, Green, Jackson, Lake, Massillon, Minerva, North Central, Northwest, Northwestern, Orrville, Osnaburg, Perry, Plain, Ritman,
Sandy Valley, Triway, Tuslaw, Wooster
The Explosive Growth of High School Based Dual Credit in Stark and Wayne Counties
Over 1,600 students, across 21 school districts in Stark and
Wayne Counties, took courses at their home high schools earning them both
high school and college credit during the 2008-09 academic year.
That number underscores the "explosive growth" of dual
credit in the region from an initial enrollment of 55 students during the summer
of 2007 when the state first funded high
school based dual credit courses under House Bill 115. The potential savings in future college
tuition for students and families is estimated to be in excess of $2,000,000.
These results are from a new study, Advancing College Opportunity: An Impact Evaluation of the Growth of Dual Credit in Stark and Wayne Counties, Ohio, released by the Stark
Education Partnership today.
Students enrolled in ninety high school based dual credit classes that met full college
standards. Classes were taught by 60 high school teachers, who qualified as adjuncts
with seven institutions of higher education.
One thousand two hundred and ninety-four of the 1,612
students were based in Stark County. Over 80% of all students earned a grade of
"B" or better in their coursework. Overall, students earned in excess of 5,000
transferable college credit hours.
Study findings support the notion that high school based dual credit is a new concept advancing college
opportunity for greater numbers of students in both counties. Significantly,
over half the students taking courses had no prior experience with any other
early college opportunity during their high school career and the growth of
dual credit is not displacing other opportunities such as AP courses or College